Books in Honor of Black History Month

February is Black History Month. In honor, I have put together a list of books read by myself, my kids, and fellow Madison Mom contributors that feature Black authors and/or characters.

I would love to know your recommendations!

Books for Children

Penny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison (ages 5+)

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (ages 3+)

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (ages 2+)

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty (ages 5+)

Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen (ages 4+)

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio (ages 6+)

JoJo’s Flying Sidekick by Brian Pinkney (ages 5+)

The Hat That Wore Clara B. by Melanie Turner-Denstaedt (ages 4+)

Not Norman by Kelly Bennet (ages 4+)

Ruby and the Booker Boys by Derrick D. Barnes (ages 6+)

Clubhouse Mysteries by Sharon M. Draper (ages 8+)

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama (ages 4+)

Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz (ages 4+)

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B Williams (ages 4+)

Jamaica Louise James by Amy Hest (ages 5+)

The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis (ages 4+)

Books for Tweens/Teens/Adults

Another Brooklyn by Jacquline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (ages 10+)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (ages 14+)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

The Color Purple by Alice Walker (ages 15+)

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama

Jessica is a DONA International trained postpartum doula and owner of Fourth Trimester Madison, She has been married for over 10 years to someone who makes her laugh every day and reminds her not to take herself too seriously. Together they have three children- Logan (2006), Liam (2008) and Kate (2011). She grew up in northern Wisconsin but has called the Madison area home since college. She can be found reading cookbooks but not cooking, saying yes to more volunteer work than she has time for (and loving it), on a Netflix binge, or with her nose in a book.



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